Archive for April, 2012

24th-26th May – Northamptonshire CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Delapré Abbey, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AR (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 24th May: 5pm-11pm (£3)
Fri 25th May: 12pm-11pm (£3)
Sat 26th May: 12pm-11pm (£3)

Concessions: CAMRA members get free entry at all times (Membership cards must be shown).

Glass Deposit: £2 (Refundable)

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22nd-26th May – Thurrock CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Thurrock Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Tue 22nd May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 6pm-11pm (Free)
Wed 23rd May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 6pm-11pm (Free)
Thu 24th May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 6pm-11pm (£2)
Fri 25th May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 6pm-11pm (£4)
Sat 26th May: 12pm-11pm (£2)

Concessions: CAMRA members get free admission at all times.

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21st-26th May – 39th Cambridge CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Jesus Green, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge, CB4 1EG (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Mon 21st May: 5pm-10:30pm (£4)
Tue 22nd May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 5pm-10:30pm (£4)
Wed 23rd May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 5pm-10:30pm (£4)
Thu 24th May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 5pm-10:30pm (£4)
Fri 25th May: 12pm-3pm (Free) & 5pm-10:30pm (£4)
Sat 26th May: 12pm-10:30pm (£2.50)

Concessions: Free entry for CAMRA & CURAS members

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Bath Pub Map

Here is a map of all the pubs I have reviewed in Bath. Click on the pint glass for more information about the pub and my own review.

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The Packhorse Inn (Bath) Pub Review

THIS PUB IS SADLY NOW NO LONGER OPEN! 😦

Address: The Packhorse Inn, Southstoke, Bath, BA2 7DU

Draught (Sparkling)

Honey’s Midford
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional
Westons Old Rosie

Bottles

None

Review

Whilst on my latest trip to see the family in Bath, I thought I’d combine it with a nice meal out and a pub that serves real cider. That’s like hitting 3 birds with 1 stone surely and something that I thought had to be possible. Then a bit of inspiration hit me and I remembered the Packhorse Inn had mentioned on Twitter that I should pop along to try the Honey’s Midford cider and bam a plan was hatched.

The pub itself is just on the outskirts of the main city of Bath in an area called Southstoke. Unless you know it is there, then it’s not something you would naturally stumble upon, but thankfully we had directions and knew exactly where we were going! After we went through the sheer excitement of parking on a winding little road we popped on in to see what it was all about.

I would describe this pub as having a nice rustic country pub vibe to it and very friendly and accommodating (they were even happy to allow my 3 year old nephew in!). We were over half an hour early before our booking, but they happily kicked some of the regulars out of our place, which was nice of them. The selection of cider I found to be fairly generous, though not a huge amount away from the big players. It was a fairly Westons/Thatchers affair, but it was good they had a local cider in the Honey’s Midford. I always like to see local pubs supporting their local producers, as it gives that community spirit you see lacking a lot nowadays.

Naturally I ordered the Midford and I have to say it was well worth the trip for that alone. If you ever get a chance to try it, then you should take that opportunity as you will not be disappointed! For my meal I went for the Venison steak with chips and followed that up with a lovely fruit crumble and ice cream. I’m no foodie that can describe that meal in any great detail, but everyone was happy with what they ordered and you can’t say fairer than that!

Overall if I am in the area again soon then I’d definitely pop in for a pint or 2! Top job guys!

Opening Hours:

Tues-Fri: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

Sat-Sun: 12pm-11pm

Tel: 01225 832060

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18th-19th May – Rail Ale and Cider Festival (Chesterfield, Derbyshire) 2012 Preview

Address: Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PR (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 18th May: 12pm-11pm (£8*)
Sat 19th May: 12pm-11pm (£8*)

* = £6.50 if bought in advance from local pubs or Chesterfield Tourist Info 01246 345777. Ticket includes commemorative glass, programme & train ride.

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12th-13th May – Gower Heritage Centre Welsh Cheese & Cider Festival Preview

Address: Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 12th May: 10am-5:30pm (£5.95)
Sun 13th May: 10am-5:30pm (£5.95)

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